Glen Elder Waterfowl Report -
Waterfowl numbers
ALL HUNTERS at Glen Elder WA are required to check in AND OUT daily. This regulation went into effect on September 1, 2017. Users are encouraged to utilize the iSportsman electronic daily hunting permit system. Go to for more information.

It is YOUR responsibility to know a property's regulations, refuge(s) and duck zone boundaries, etc. BEFORE you hunt. 

Click here for a detailed map of the refuges, youth area, and State Park boundaries.

Survey run 1/18/2022 

40,000 to 45,000 puddle ducks, mostly mallards, with some wigeons and pintails.

8,000 to 10,000 divers, mostly common mergansers and goldeneyes, with some redheads. 

5,000 Canada Geese

150,000 Snow Geese.  Geese are moving around a lot and numbers are highly variable day to day. 

Mallard Migration Index (9)

Glen Elder map

Water level Lake is at conservation pool.  Lots of bare mudflats around the entire lake.     
Hunting conditions


Lake is currently 50% frozen.  

Expected hunting success Poor due to ice on the shoreline.  Duck Season is Re-open 1/22/22 to 1/30/22.  The Late Zone includes the area SOUTH of Hwy 24.   

Granite Creek boat ramp is closed November 1 through January 31, 2021.

The Carr Creek boat ramp may be challenging to utilize while water levels are low as there is a lot of silt buildup in that creek.

Low Plains Early Zone season is closed for the season.  This zone includes the area NORTH of US Hwy 24. 

Low Plains Late Duck Zone season Re-opens 1/22/22 to 1/30/22.  This zone includes the area SOUTH of Hwy 24. 

Dark geese season will remain open thru 2/13/22.

Whitefront season will be 10/30/21 to 1/2/22 and 1/22/22 thru 2/13/22

Light geese season will remain open thru 2/13/22.  Conservation season will run 2/14/22 thru 4/30/22.

Cawker City and Granite Creek Refuge closure dates are November 1st - January 31st.

The Youth/ Mentor hunting area is located in the Granite Creek Refuge and is in effect from October 1 - January 31. Waterfowl hunting from the shoreline area is allowed in the Youth-Mentor Area as long as EACH adult is hunting with a youth 17 years or younger. Boats of any sort are prohibited in the Granite Creek Refuge.

Zebra Mussels have been confirmed in Waconda Lake. Be sure to dry boats and equipment before moving to other waters.